Shawna Smith, Kindergarten
Brigham Young University-Idaho, BA
George Mason University, M.Ed.
Quote: “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” —Anonymous
Born and raised in Montana, Shawna Smith began her teaching career when she joined Teach For America, a program designed to eliminate the education gap in America. At the end of the two-year commitment, Shawna was deeply passionate about teaching children.
Shawna has specialized in teaching Early Childhood education, and encourages her students to work hard, be kind, and become independent. She combines educational best practices with a practical understanding of day-to-day learning.
Having been raised in Montana, Shawna is a western girl. She loves music, reading, hiking, and skiing. She especially loves living in the mountains and developing new skills. email >
Chloe Hensold, 1st Grade
Hamilton College, BA
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Quote: "Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain
Chloe Hensold grew up in Boston, Cleveland and London. While she was studying math and art at Hamilton College, her family moved to Bozeman, Montana where she had her first taste of mountain living. Megan Ollett, 2nd Grade
In Washington DC, Chloe began teaching in lower school art and science classrooms. After moving back to Boston, she taught first and second grade while completing a master's degree in elementary education. Chloe then moved to New York where she taught Kindergarten and first grade, coached middle school soccer and served as a mentor to new associate teachers.
After many years on the East Coast, Chloe is excited to be back in the West. Chloe spends her free time completing a second Masters degree at Bank Street Graduate School of Education, exploring, skiing, and kayaking. She enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen trying to create the perfect oatmeal cookie. email >
University of Colorado, Boulder BA
University of Colorado, Boulder, MA
Martha Polichette, 2nd Grade
University of Utah, BS
Quote: "I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have."—Thomas Jefferson
Teaching was a second career for Martha Polichette. Her first love was being a wife and mother of two sons. But she always wanted to be a teacher and went back to school at the University of Utah. She worked in several public schools throughout Utah until graduation and taught fourth grade for one year at an independent school in Salt Lake City.
Once Martha experienced the difference in the philosophy of teaching between independent and public schools, she knew independent schooling was the ideal place for her. She then discovered a great, independent school in Park City and has remained there for fourteen years. She currently teaches second grade and loves every minute of it. She was nominated Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers for Exceptional Performance in 2006.
Whenever possible, Martha works on landscaping, walks, skis, and spends time with her family. She especially loves to travel abroad with her husband to visit the many places included in her curriculum. Her next adventure is rock climbing with one of her two sons. email >
Ramsay Hill, 3rd Grade
Middlebury College, BA
Harvard University, MA
Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
Ramsay Hill grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire. She attended a boarding school in Holderness, New Hampshire where her love for the outdoors, athletics, academics and the arts flourished. After high school she attended Middlebury College in Vermont where she majored in environmental studies and literature and minored in studio art. Ramsay was a four-year member of the varsity alpine ski team.
Upon graduation Ramsay decided to look west and moved to Aspen, Colorado to coach for their ski team. She coached for two years before realizing that children and education were absolutely her passion and she began teaching at the Aspen Country Day School. She spent two years as a co-teacher in 4th and 5th grade and two years with the 3rd grade.
In 2013 Ramsay graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology. Once again, she looked west and made the move to Park City where her boyfriend was working hard towards becoming a member of the 2014 Olympic Ski team (a goal he succeeded in achieving!).
Ramsay loves being a part of the community that Park City Day School provides. She believes in educating the whole-child: student, athlete, artist, and citizen. When she isn’t in the classroom you can find her in the outdoors skiing, fishing, biking, running, camping or reading.
Nicole Bunting, 4th Grade
University of Utah, BA
Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn
Born and raised in Utah, Nicole Bunting knew teaching was for her after taking her first Education course at Utah State University. She spent two years there, then moved back to Salt Lake where she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Elementary Education.
Nicole has worked as both a preschool and Elementary school teacher, but spent the last year as a home-school learning coach. She loved the independence and flexibility of non-traditional teaching and found that same freedom at Park City Day School. Nicole is passionate about teaching life skills while also focusing on intellect, and is excited to foster academic and emotional success in all her students.
Outside of work, Nicole loves being active, reading, spending time in the sun, and being with friends and family. She is thrilled to be a part of the PCDS community.
Mike Walden, 4th Grade
Ball State University, BS
Weber State University, MS
Brett Walter, 5th grade
Columbia University - BA
Lewis & Clark College - MAT
Quote: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
Brett Walter was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. As a child he loved to swim, play basketball, tennis and ride bikes. He loved the outdoors and hiked, fished, backpacked and sea kayaked in various places around the state. Swimming was his true calling and is what he carried on into college.
Brett left Anchorage in 1990 for Columbia University in New York City. He studied American History as an undergrad and also did some coursework at Barnard College in their teacher preparation program. New York was a great experience and it was during his time spent teaching swim lessons that he found his true passion in life, which was making a kid's day and teaching him or her how to swim.
In between college and arriving in Park City, Brett lived in Colorado where he trained for a cross country bike ride. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996 and lived there until moving to Utah. He taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade in a suburb of Portland and was involved in technology advancement, bike club, environmental magnet school, and many outdoor school trips with 6th graders. He brings to PCDS 14 years of experience and a passion for having kids succeed and do more than they ever thought they could.
Brett is looking forward to working in a new environment and the opportunity to be on the slopes as much as possible. He's also excited for the hiking, mountain biking, and road biking that are abundant in the state as well as spending more time with his brother's family who live in the area. He also loves to cook and play guitar when hanging out at home. email >
Leo Moshier, 5th Grade
Roberts Wesleyan College, BS
Minnesota State University, MS
Quote: If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. - John Dewey
Leo Moshier spent much of his time outside growing up in rural upstate New York. After earning a degree in Elementary Education at Roberts Wesleyan, Leo taught middle school math and Outdoor Education at The Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, NY for six years. As he started a graduate degree in Experiential Education, Leo moved to Utah where he taught 3rd grade at The Colby School and at Park City Academy, the two schools that came together to form Park City Day School in 2010.
After taking time away from teaching to complete his Masters, Leo returns to Park City Day School as one of our 5th grade team teachers - to help create a safe, respectful 5th grade experience where hard work, creativity and success are celebrated and failures or setbacks are seen as opportunities to reflect and grow.
When not in the classroom, Leo enjoys leading outdoor education trips -- the outdoor classroom that makes such a difference for our students -- and spends his free time camping and hiking some more, and reading. email >